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Longleaf Scenic Byway

Southern Red River Valley, Louisiana

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  • The Longleaf Scenic Byway is a great way to experience the longleaf pines of Kisatchie National Forest. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • The Longleaf Vista is worth the stop! - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Looking out from the Longleaf Vista after sunset. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • The beginning of the hiking trail that leads out from the vista viewing area. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • One of the many picnic tables found at the scenic overlook.- Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • A lovely little structure found at Longleaf Vista.- Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • The stonework here is wonderful!- Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Steps leading up to the picnic area of the vista. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Interesting stone outcrop below the picnic area of the vista. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • There are several informative signs along the side of the byway. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Coyote Camp is one of the several points of interest along the byway. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Recent prescribed burns help maintain a healthy forest ecosystem and keep wildfires from getting out of control. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Keep your eyes on the road! There are several ATV trail crossings over the byway. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • A campground on the western edge of the byway offers primitive camping. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
  • Fog makes for a dramatic scene along the byway. - Longleaf Scenic Byway
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Several points of interest. Low traffic.
Cons: 
No nearby gas stations.
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Region:
Southern Red River Valley, LA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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The Longleaf Scenic Byway is a 17-mile stretch of road that takes you through a longleaf pine forest of rolling hills, buttes and mesas. Beech, southern magnolias, and loblolly pines also populate the hillsides. The scenic byway begins on the eastern edge of Kisatchie National Forest off of highway 119, traveling through the heart of the national forest to its western edge. The elevation of the byway ranges from 80 feet to 400 feet above sea level, which is quite hilly terrain for Louisiana standards. Thanks to Caroline Dormon and the work of the federal government, Kisatchie National Forest has been a protected wilderness area since 1911. Kisatchie National Forest, the only national forest in Louisiana, spans over 600,000 acres. This thicket of woods is one of the few remaining expanses of longleaf pine forests in the country. 

The byway is a main access point for some of the national forest’s best destinations including the Longleaf Vista, which is one of the few scenic overlooks in the state of Louisiana. Stop at the vista to enjoy the view, have a picnic, or to enjoy the 1.5-mile loop hike that is truly enjoyable. The Longleaf Vista would be unique to experience anywhere, but especially in Louisiana. 

Two of the other main attractions in the area are the Caroline Dormon Trail and the Backbone Trail, offering backpackers 17 miles of trail to explore over the course of a couple of days. Both of these trails are also open to mountain biking and are directly accessed from the Longleaf Scenic Byway. 

Looking to spend more than one day in the area? Kisatchie Bayou Campground can be accessed via the scenic byway, offering scenic views of the rocky bayou which is surrounded by beautiful old-growth hardwood and pine. This campground is walk-in primitive camping with campsites that are equipped with tent pads, a picnic table and fire ring.  
 

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